ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) — The Southeastern Minnesota Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) gathered Sunday night to raise funds as part of their 7th annual “Night of Champions.”
The banquet helps provide FCA with its yearly funding for their ministry and all the events they organize.
Each year a different guest speaker comes to talk to the crowd, this year it was Minnesota Vikings Tight End, Kyle Rudolph, who talked about his faith and drive to give back to Minnesota.
“I feel the call, given the platform that I have to use it to do good and I’m extremely fortunate being in the situation I’m in, building the platform that I’ve built, to be able to use it to influence people in our community,” said Rudolph.
“We are very passionate about using our resources, whether that’s our time, financial situation, anything we can use to make our community a little bit better place.”
Rudolph says sports have been a huge part of his life, but he prides himself in being more than just a football player.
Drawing similarities between sports and faith.
“The bottom line is I get to play a game for a living and although I dedicate a ton of time and energy into doing everything that I can to help the Minnesota Vikings win football games, that’s not life or death, and when you go out and do work in the community, when you visit sick patients and their families and they are battling life or death, those are things that test your faith. Although I take wins and losses as hard as anyone, it’s just what I do and not who I am,” continued Rudolph.
FCA Southeastern Minnesota Area director James Bolin said this years goal is to raise $50,000.